I agree with the other answers. You (or someone on your behalf) can always pull the physical court file and verify this, but it sounds like the risk that you have a judgment against is nominal. Good Luck
Generally leaving a summons by your door should not equate to you being served. However, sadly there have been mane cases where the process servers indicated on their affidavits that they personally delivered it to you (although they only left it in front of the door) thus allowing the court proceeding to move forward. Do not ignore this case, see an attorney for more information. Good Luck.
I agree with the above answers. You will have a very difficult time facing a tenant with an attorney, especially is your property is governed by the Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance. Hire an attorney asap. Good Luck
Link to the ordinance: http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Illinois/chicago_il/title5housingandeconomicdevelopment/chapter5-12residentiallandlordsandtenant?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:chicago_il
I agree with the above answers, village inspect is a good place to start. Also, please check your lease asap. Your lease should spell out the procedures for addressing emergency and non-emergency matters. Good Luck
Yes, you are entitled to full accounting and a refund of your security deposit, minus any justified deductions. And if you rented in Chicago, please look up the Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance. If applicable, your landlord might stand to lose a lot of money if he/she did not comply with the ordinance. Go see an attorney. Good Luck.
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I agree with the above answers. Your fact patter is not very specific. If what you wrote is accurate, while there might be possible remedies for you by prosecuting this criminally or civilly, I would encourage you to exhaust every possible resource before taking legal action. I don’t know your circumstances, but you can’t un-ring a bell. Good Luck.
You don’t have to buy the property. But depending on the contract that you signed, you might lose some of the earnest money if you default. Take a copy of that contract to a real estate attorney asap. Good Luck